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Behind the scenes of the charity Gala in favour of the AFEV Bordeaux - Vatel

Behind the scenes of the charity Gala in favour of the AFEV Bordeaux

As part of the year of its 25th anniversary, Vatel Bordeaux organized a charity dinner on Friday 29th November 2019 to support the association AFEV Bordeaux at the InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel.


Second year student at Vatel Bordeaux, I joined the team a week before the event. I participated in D-Day, in pair with Louisiane De Boissel, coordinator of the events of 25 years of my school. I will share with you my behind-the-scenes experience of this charity dinner.

Prestigious partners 

Guy Savoy, world-known French chef with 3 stars, has honored us to sponsor this gala. His second Simon Dhainaut was present that evening. 

Ronan Kervarrec, chef 2 * at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, Alexandre Baumard, chef 1 * at Logis de la Cadène, and Aleksandre Olivier, pastry chef 2 * at Le Pressoir d'Argent Gordon Ramsay have signed the menu. Gaëtan Bouvier, best sommelier of France 2016 & Master of Port 2019 has signed a superb food and wine pairing. The artistic interludes were signed by: PESMD, who offered us two superb interludes of dance and also, the Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli offered us a wonderful live music.

A big thank-you to Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, l’Union des Crus classés de Graves, Château-Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château de Fieuzal, Château de Reignac, Château Haut-Bacalan, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagraviere, Château-Olivier, Château Pédesclaux, #, Château Sigalas-Rabaud, Château Tourteau-Chollet, Clos Floridène, Domaine de Chevalier for providing us those great wines. 

Not forgetting l’Atelier Landry, Chloris JardinMaison Servat, La Barratte Bordelaise, Riedel, la Fédération Française des Vins d’Apéritif and Gin Erika.

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Generous Donors

A big thank you to the generous donors. We raised more than € 14,000 : Casino Barrière, Sud Ouest, Hôtel le Provençal, Caisse d’Épargne, Maison Lascombes, le Château Mercure Chartrons, la Maison Odeia, LTF Agency, DEKOM France, SARL Victoria Garden, SCEA Capdemourlin and many individuals.

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Immersion in the organization of an event

Twenty students from Vatel Bordeaux school have volunteered to serve and to be present on the various poles: reception and locker rooms. They were supervised by professionals from Les Tables Vatel and the Promotion & Communication department. 

My role was to coordinate the timing for each moment of the evening and in particular to take care of the 21 dancers and the musician who have intervened several times during this evening of Gala. I must also be present to warn the people concerned to speak. I also had to be able to answer questions and requests from guests. Therefore, I had to soak up all the diverse information before the event. 

This position allowed me to have an overall vision since the arrival on the hotel, the setting up of the room, the briefing of the teams, the installation of the material and the last preparations, until the arrival of the 99 guests at 19 h. 

Organizing an event of this scale requires a lot of hard work and patience. In my opinion, the qualities required are meticulous, invested and attentive. What I remember from this event is that, even with great anticipation, we can never have total control of what will happen during the evening. We must be very responsive at the moment, be surrounded by people we can rely on. You have to have the right person in the right place at the right time. This is the hardest part during an event.

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I would like to express my thanks to Vatel Bordeaux for giving me the opportunity to participate in this event, which I liked very much and which allowed me to discover the Events Department which I did not know previously and which interests me a lot.

Article signed by Camille Bouhelier.  Vatel Bordeaux student in Mi2A.

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